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Rahman teams up with U2 for new song ahead of band's maiden India visit

The two music giants have unveiled a new track, titled 'Ahimsa'.

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Updated: Nov 22, 2019, 02.12 PM IST
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AR Rahman took to social media to share a picture with U2 members, Bono and The Edge.
Irish rock band U2, all set for their maiden India performance, have collaborated with music maestro AR Rahman for a new song, 'Ahimsa'.

The collaboration comes less than one month ahead of U2's first-ever show in country. The 'With or without you' hit-makers will perform in Mumbai as part of their 'The Joshua Tree Tour', on December 15.

“Ahimsa requires courage and strength. A quality that is impervious to weapons or power. It's a mission which is most needed to heal the modern world and it is incredible timing to collaborate with U2, with their amazing legacy, to revive this movement,” the Oscar-winner said about the collaboration.

Rahman also took to social media to share a picture with Bono and The Edge, and a poster of the song.



In a post on U2's website, The Edge called working with Rahman an "an absolute joy”.

"A superstar and a talent both towering and generous, we are especially excited to visit his homeland in just a few weeks," he added.

Bono said that the fight against injustice has always been important to them, adding, "We were somewhat shaped and formed by Martin Luther King who was a student of Mahatma Gandhi. Martin Luther King said 'The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends towards justice….' I don't believe that anymore… It doesn't bend towards justice, it has to be bent towards justice. We have to be actively involved in our democracy to preserve it and show people how we feel and what we care about."

"We come as students to the source of inspiration. That is Ahimsa… non-violence. India gave this to us… the greatest gift to the world. It is more powerful than nuclear energy, the armies, the navy's, the British Empire. It is power itself. And it's never been more important,” the statement from the band said.

In addition to 'Ahimsa', four highlights from U2's extensive catalogue of songs, remixed by local Indian artists will also be released this year.

The band is currently on their Joshua Tree Tour and India will be the last stop on itinerary.

Commenting about their upcoming visit to India, the band, in a statement, said, "India has been on our bucket list for a very long time, the principles of ahimsa or non-violence have served as an important pillar of what our band stands for since we first came together to play music. We can't wait to experience the culture of India first hand, a place that brings together the modern and the ancient all at once.”

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